Craig Freedman Appointed to U.S. Commerce Secretary’s Manufacturing Council

CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2015 — Craig Freedman, Co-Chair of the Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council and President of Freedman Seating Company, was appointed today by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to serve on the secretary’s Manufacturing Council.

Comprised of 30 private sector leaders selected for their expertise and industry perspectives, the Council advises the Commerce secretary on policies to strengthen the manufacturing economy and create jobs.

“We’re pleased that Craig’s leadership in building the public agenda for manufacturing has been recognized in this very important way,” said Dan Swinney, Executive Director of the Manufacturing Renaissance, the parent organization to the Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council. “He knows what it takes to build a stronger manufacturing sector, and bring more jobs and economic development to our communities. Freedman has been a great business partner, investing in the community and hiring students from our acclaimed Manufacturing Connect program at Austin Polytechnical Academy.”

Craig Freedman said: “I am honored to be selected to the Manufacturing Council and I look forward to working with Secretary Pritzker and the Council to continue to strengthen American Manufacturing. I hope to bring lessons learned from the Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council and Freedman Seating’s 120 years of experience to help accelerate growth of manufacturing and jobs to our communities.”

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Manufacturing Renaissance is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes advanced manufacturing and STEM education as a springboard for sustainable development, careers and business ownership. Signature projects include the Austin Manufacturing Innovation District, part of a Small Business Forward program; and the Manufacturing Connect program at Austin Polytech, a Chicago Public School that connects students to careers and essential industry certifications to excel in today’s manufacturing jobs. For more information visit For more information about Freedman Seating visit

Media contact: Shawn Taylor | | 312-371-6260.

SOURCE Manufacturing Renaissance

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